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Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS)

CIS 2020 map with location of CIS projects.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) officials in South Dakota have announced a call for Conservation Implementation Strategy (CIS) proposals for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. CIS projects are implemented to target high priority natural resource concerns, resulting in a measurable improvement of our resources.

"By planning our approach, we are able to prioritize and focus conservation investments in South Dakota," says Jeff Vander Wilt, NRCS Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, Huron. "The NRCS is looking to form new partnerships with others interested in improving our natural resources. Through the CIS," Vander Wilt explains, "NRCS and partners will address specific resource concerns in a targeted manner. Collectively focusing our expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas will yield the most impressive returns. By working together through a partnership, we can combine our efforts to improve and conserve the resources that we all enjoy. "

NRCS has technical staff in the field and existing partners that are willing to aid in coordinating projects throughout the state.  Funding and support from other agencies and groups can be leveraged and coordinated to focus on mutual issues of the highest priority.

Project proposals can be submitted by any partner or NRCS staff willing to develop the project proposal. The South Dakota NRCS is requesting project proposals be submitted by April 15, 2021 for funding consideration. Applicants will be notified of awarded funding in May, 2021. Funding will be provided in early Fiscal Year 2022 for the selected proposals.

Sixteen projects across the state were selected for implementation during Fiscal Year 2020 and information sheets can be found by clicking the link below. “Some projects were quite small and others involved thousands of acres,” says Vander Wilt. "Local people choose which Resource Concern they want to address and the scope as they develop their proposal."

Proposals Due by April 15, 2021

South Dakota CIS Template (PDF; 117 KB)
South Dakota CIS Vision (PDF; 155 KB)
South Dakota CIS Communication Toolkit (PDF; 418 KB)

2020 Conservation Implementation Strategy Projects
2021 Conservation Implementation Strategy Projects

All proposals should be submitted to:
Jeffrey Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs,
Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program Manager,

NRCS is committed to continual improvement of the approach by an ongoing discussion of challenges and successes through a steering committee made up of the Leadership Team, field and state staff.